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Spirit AeroSystems Recognizes Third Quarter Charges For Certain New Programs; Announces Settlement Of Severe Weather Related Insurance Claim

WICHITA, Kan., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] today announced that it expects to record pre-tax charges of approximately $184 million on the 787 program; $163 million on the G650 Wing program; $151 million on the BR725 (Engine Nacelle Package for the G650); $88 million on the G280 Wing program; and $4 million on other combined programs. These combined forward loss charges total approximately $590 million, and will be included in the company's third quarter 2012 financial results.

"The execution of our diversification and growth strategy has proven very complex," said Jeff Turner, President and Chief Executive Officer, "as we rapidly expanded our customer-base, manufacturing sites, and product design capabilities, while managing multiple development programs with significant design changes and schedule delays. It is unfortunate that we have struggled on these development efforts. As we move forward our focus is on applying our lessons learned in strong program management, change control, and shop floor disciplines to drive performance on these programs and continue the solid performance on our core production programs," Turner concluded.

During the third quarter, the company continued to increase production rates and progress to full-rate production on a number of newly type-certified programs. The company no longer expects to achieve cost targets sufficient to maintain zero-profit margin contracts due to increasing supply chain, factory support, and labor costs. The cash use associated with the additional contract costs will occur over the majority of remaining contract deliveries. The current contract accounting shipments are expected to be delivered by 2018.

To address the charges in the quarter, the company successfully obtained the required lender consent to amend its senior secured loan and credit facility to adjust the senior secured leverage ratio through the first quarter of 2013 and the other financial covenant ratios through the second quarter of 2013, after which time the financial covenant ratios will revert back to pre-amended ratios. The amendment is expected to become effective on or about October 26, 2012. No event of default has occurred . 

Separately, the company reached a final settlement with insurers for all claims relating to the April 14, 2012 severe weather event at its Wichita, Kan. facility. The settlement amount of approximately $235 million reflects claims lower than previously estimated (approximately $400 million) and resolves all property damage, clean-up, recovery, and business interruption costs. The settlement amount less current quarter expenses will be recognized as a gain in the third quarter 2012. The cash settlement of $130 million ( $235 million less the $105 million cash advance received in the second quarter 2012) is expected in the fourth quarter 2012.

President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Turner and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Phil Anderson will participate in a conference call presentation to securities analysts to review these announcements today at 11:00 a.m. Central time.

That presentation will be broadcast online at and presentation materials are available on our website at the same location. A replay of the presentation will be available at the same location after the call's conclusion.

Individuals are urged to check the website in advance to ensure their devices are configured for the audio stream.

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